Past events are organized by academic year. If an event was organized as part of a faculty project, you can find a more complete description on our Projects page. 



"The Island President" - Film screening and discussion with Professor Douglas MacAyeal, Geophysical Sciences

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 6:30 – 9 pm Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 E. 59th Street View Poster

"The Myth of the World's Largest Democracy: Oppression of Marginalized Communities in Northest India - Erenro Leichombam, Founder of the Manipur International Center

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm Stuart Hall, Room 104, 5835 South Greenwood Avenue View Poster

"Beyond the border buildup: U.S.-Mexico security and migration today" - Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer, Washington Office on Latin America

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 12 – 1:20 pm Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th Street View Poster

"The Black Revolution on Campus" - A discussion with author Martha Biondi, Associate Professor, African American Studies and History, Northwestern University

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 4:30 – 6 pm Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th Street View Poster

"Sharing Our Stories: Exhale's National Pro-Voice Tour, Spring 2013" - University of Chicago Student Seminar

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 12 – 1:20 pm Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th Street View Poster

"The Question of Palestine: Examining the Viability of the One and Two-State Solitions"

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 6 – 7:30 pm International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E 59th St View Poster

Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, The Jerusalem Fund Ali Abunimah, Co-founder, Electronic Intifada Mitchell Plitnick, Freelance Writer, former Director at Jewish Voice for Peace and former Director of B'Tselen US Office

"HIV and Human Rights: Lessons from HIV and Drug Use in the US and from HIV and TB Co-infection in South Africa" - Gerald Friedland, MD, Professor of Infectious Dieseases & Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 10:30 – 11:50 am Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), Room 001, 924 E 57th Street View Poster

"Lessons from South Africa: Reflections on the 2005 Same Sex Marriage Decision from the Constitutional Court" - Justice Albie Sachs, Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 4 – 5 pm University of Chicago Law School - The Courtroom, 1111 East 60th Street View Poster

"It's a Girl" - Film screening and discussion, led by Sital Kalantry

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 6 – 8:30 pm Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 E. 59th Street View Poster

Sital Kalantry is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Law School where she founded and is director of the International Human Rights clinic. She has extensive experience using litigation and non-litigation strategies to promote international human rights, particularly women's rights and economic, social, and cultural rights.

"Key Issues in Human Rights" Lecture Series by William F. Schultz, President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Tuesday, May 7 – 21, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm Harper Memorial Library, Room 130, 1116 E. 59th Street View Poster

May 7 - "Is Human Dignity Inherent? What Torture Has Taught Me" May 13 - "A Conversation about Current Human Rights Challenges" May 21 - "What Human Rights Activists Can Learn from Other Social Movements"

"Privatization and Education: Human Rights Lessons from the Chicago Teachers' Campaigns"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7 – 8:30 pm Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th Street View Poster

Panelists: Jesse Sharkey (Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union); David Moberg (Labor Journalist; Senior Editor, In These Times); Susan Gzesh (Executive Director, Human Rights Program; Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago) Moderator: Virginia Parks (Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago)

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture:: "What Has the International Human Rights Movement Accomplished?" by Aryeh Neier, Founder of Human Rights Watch

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E 59th St View Poster

Aryeh Neier is a leading activist and public intellectual in the human rights movement. Neier founded Human Rights Watch and was HRW Executive Director for 12 years. He is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and was National Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Author of seven books, his most recent work, "The International Human Rights Movement: A History" (2012), analyzes the growth of the modern human rights movement, including its main goals and internal debates.

"Defending Medical Neutrality at the Thai-Burma Border" lecture by Rohini Haar, MD

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 12 – 2 pm Biological Learning Center, 924 E. 57th St View Poster

"Blacks in and Out of the Left" lecture by Michael C. Dawson with commentary by Robert Gooding-Williams

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 4:30 – 6 pm Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, 5733 S University Ave View Poster

"Health and Human Rights in Africa: Mental Health and Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda" lecture by Naasson Munyandamutsa, MD, and Donatilla Mukumana

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 12 – 2 pm Biological Sciences Learning Center, 954 E 57th St View Poster

Crisis of Humanitarianism

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – Apr 26, 2014 10 am – 5 pm Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. View Program

November 15-16, 2013: Forced Migration and Humanitarianism in Global History: The conference participants discussed the conceptual frameworks that have informed reactions to forced migration. The faculty coordinators for this conference were Professor Tara Zahra (History) and Lecturer Andrew Janco (Human Rights Post-doctoral Lecturer). Members of the University of Chicago and local NGO communities also attended. April 25-26, 2014: Crisis of Humanitarianism/ Humanitarianism in Crisis Conference: This conference included scholars working on compassion, mobilization and power in humanitarian thought and practice to interrogate the genealogies of the present moment and to reflect upon the future of a new politics of humanitarianism.